The main problem of the green grocery bag is that people forget it at home. We wanted to change the mindset of shoppers when it comes to bags: today it costs them in Toronto 5 cents for every plastic bag. It is obvious that a cost is not a deterrent of forgetfulness. We want them to think of the green bag in terms of savings. To that effect we are proposing a grocery bag that you can stick velcro grocery list items on. This saves the shopper time from having to write a list or call their spouse to tell them what they need to buy. It also saves their sanity because.
Almost everywhere around the world, people tend to compete to get a seat in public transports.
To provide a few of Screen MP3, Radio or Video players (with internet connection), hanging on buses’ or train walls, attached together with a headset on each player. It’s placed quite high, so people need to stand up to use the device. In that way, standing will look more pleasing than sitting.
Submitted by Natasha Angeline
Can we get people to stop littering their gum in cities by giving them a fun alternative? We propose installing a large color by numbers canvas on a city wall for people to dispose of their multicolored gum. It would give people a fun and constructive way to make their own mark in being a part of cleaning up our habitat. We aren’t trying to convince you that cleaning our sidewalks alone will save the earth, but we are saying that it can be a catalyst, and most important of all, fun!
Submitted by Daniel Kimball
Eating less food is healthy. Everyone knows this . However changing dietary habit needs little effort.
Eating less cutlery will help you. You will take more time to eat meal when using Eating less cutlery.
Shapes of them are few minor changes. They can blend in to usual cutlery on same dinner table.
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Inside 2 tines are shorter than outside ones.
It can grab less spagetti, rice, peas and so on.
It can scoop less soup, rice and so on.
It takes more time to cut meat.
Submitted by Ms. Riyako Takahashi
ICK, germs! They can make you sick. Very sick! Germs (viruses and bacteria in this case) cause respiratory and stomach ailments ranging from drippy noses and mild sore throats to life threatening illnesses such as diarrhea, flu and pneumonia. We spread germs quickly, mostly by touching our nose, eyes, mouth and other people. If people would thoroughly wash their hands for twenty seconds every time they use a public restroom, the number of those illnesses could be greatly reduced. Who says?
We have created a kind of "emotional collective calendar", where anybody can "stop" a minute of his life and last it forever! It's totally free: link to the website www.stopyourtime.com , register to it, and stop every minute you want, adding photos, videos, mp3s. You can also gift a minute to somebody you love, your friends, your relatives, your parents. It's a costless project and we realized people's dream: last time forever! Submitted by Diego Antonio Iudice.
Moving because it's fun, not because you have to. The idea is to make billboards and posters in the city or at the office with an activity on there. Moving is fun! are tasks/activitites you can preform during your daily routine. While outside or at work. The tasks are very simple and don't cost you a lot of extra time. You don't need extra material, just use the surroundings of the city or the office. For example: when you walk in the city walk only on the white stripes of a zebracrossing.
Close driving is one of the greatest hazards on the road. Sometimes, because of distractions or lack of depth perception, people aren't even aware of how close they are to another driver or object. The Proximity Stereo detects when a driver is coming up too quickly on another object or car, and switches the music in the car to something the driver does not want to hear, not allowing the driver to return to his or her favourite music until the driver has backed off to a safe distance from the object.
Submitted by Chandra V. Paetsch.
The idea is to make the boring task of waiting for the bus more enjoyable On the side wall of the bus stop there is an interactive touch screen. The screen broadcasts Trivia questions from a large questions bank. The idea is that the entire crowd within the bus stop can participate and shout answers, and finally select (by touching) the right answer to their knowledge. This is a fun and bonding experience for everyone in the bus stop, and most importantly it passes the time and makes people forget their busy schedule, at least until the bus arrives.
Everybody knows this: A destination and navigationsystem. After a few minutes the navi bothers everybody, always the same instructions from the same voice in a boring tonality. This combination has an ominous impact, the driver gets bored or nervous and looses the concentration. Here comes the funny idea: A navi which acts like a human being. It gives you positive feedback for choosing the right way ("Well done!") and also wiggings for the wrong way if you like ;-) You can choose the personality of your navi. So the driver gets a good feeling and the journey becomes a pleasure!
Both of the idea authors admire taking a shower, not together though :) However, we have rarely thought of how much water we usually consume ineffectively by spending 30 min under the shower. After discussing this issue with other "shower-lovers" it became obvious that the primary reason for spending 30min in the shower is the lack of any time reminders around. To solve this problem and to make keeping time more fun to do, we decided to introduce a "traffic light" system for the sink or the shower, but call it "water light".
People often leave their offices at the end of the day and forget the lights on. This is bad for the company and for the environment. Think about it: if a person works from 8am to 6pm, the lights should be on for only 10 hours, but if they forget to turn it off, it's on for 24 hours, more than twice the necessary. So, can we solve that problem by making turning off the lights fun? My idea is to have a "polite light" that thanks the person every time he/she turns it off. We could use different voices and different languages to say thank you, found in movies or music.
In many cities, people that live in apartment buildings don’t really know their own neighbors. Talking Buildings is an activity created to help transform urban apartment buildings into living communities, filled with support and love. The activity is quite simple, consisting of a set of challenges to be placed daily in the building’s mailboxes, throughout a given week. These challenges are handed out by someone who lives in the building and wants to be a change agent.
Take your best guess at the true or false statement and place your hand under your answers side. Motion detector senses it, the side of the correct answer lights up. Right or wrong you get soap on your side and you have probably learned an interesting fact for the day. There is nothing like a little curiosity to quickly get people involved and forming some good habits.
Submitted by Will LaForge
We all are humans and therefore we have different opinions on Everything. From the smallest detail to the future of mankind. We like to discuss things and we like to be given chance to express our opinion. And there is nothing wrong with that. If only we could do something good while loudly expressing ourselves. Welcome to Earth Vote For Everyone! The bigger skeptic of global warming you are the more fun you will have by switching of the light. Remember, every vote counts!
Submitted by Voldemars Dudums.
Crossing the road solely on pedestrian crossing? Not crossing with the red light? Unfortunately these rules are not always followed! Let's play the pedestrian while waiting for the green light! It's a game of ability and precision. Pedestrian should take a coloured gun located at the base of the traffic light and try to fire the red light on the opposite side of the road. Pedestrian compete with each others and could contribute to turn the green light faster when shooting well. The redlight turns from red ,orange ,amber and finally to green.
The world is in a very critical stage. There are lot of issues like global warming , scarcity of resources and others which the future generations have to face the effects. My design is an attempt to raise the awareness and encourage more people to choose sustainable and environment friendly options like cycling. A board bearing the illustrations of a tree and earth is placed beside the cycling track , which has leaves fitted with green colour LEDs. There are pressure sensors placed on the cycling track , which detects the passing cycle and lights up the Green LEDs on the tree board.
The people exercise to burn calories and become more fit. Various exercise machines are used, such as bikes and elliptical equipment. Weights, wheels, springs, magnets etc. are used to create resistance. Burning calories is not always fun and it is energy wasted in vain. However, if we use electrical generator to create the resistance in the exercise equipment, than our exercise can be used to produce electrical energy. Imagine a gym full of rotational and elliptical equipment and the electricity that can be produced when the gym is full.
Lets encourage people to use dryers instead of paper towels in public bathrooms. Lets add a little harmonica that sounds with the dryer's air and that people can move from side to side. Lets dry dry our hands, have fun and save some trees, all at the same time! Submitted by Lorena Stuani.